Domaine Sainte Anne

St. Anne's Vineyards

who? what? when? where? why? how?

who grows the grapes at Domaine Sainte Anne ? who makes the wines?

Patrick Boudin and his family grow the grapes and make the wines at Domaine St. Anne in the “Entre Deux Mers” and Bordeaux Superior appellations. Patrick continues the family tradition that dates back to the early 20th century for both winemaking and organic farming, though he was not pre-ordained to become a winemaker. Travels around the world, including time in San Francisco in the late 1960’s, and oenology school focused on “conventional” farming pulled Patrick back to the land as he says that he saw many things being taught that ran counter to all that he had learned growing up on the farm. 
Domaine Sainte Anne
Seeing the world, and learning how the establishment thought and taught that grapes should be grown, drew him back to Bordeaux and to his family’s estate where he has been growing grapes and making wine ever since, motivated to show what can be achieved with neither pesticides nor a reliance on modern techniques.

what wines do they make at Domaine Sainte Anne?

Domaine St. Anne’s “Entre Deux Mers”, or white Bordeaux, first attracted us to the estate. The region produces many inexpensive wines that are foisted on tourists in bistros across France as a house glass pour. We never thought much of them or the region until we tasted this wine. With nearly sixty years of organic farming at the estate, the Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscatelle that make up the Sainte Anne Blanc just pop more than any wine we have tasted at this price, in the region.
Domaine St. Anne

For the red Bordeaux Superior, there is a similar depth of fruit. The blend 40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that is aged for seven months in neutral barrels.  The generous nature of the fruit at first glance hints at new world ripeness levels and / or a new world approach in the cellar where there is actually none.  The wines are minimally handled, fermented with native yeasts, and simply have more red fruits than many others from this corner of Bordeaux.

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when did Domaine Sainte Anne start? when might you open a bottle?

The Boudin family has been on the estate since the start of the last century, and Patrick’s grandfather Jean L’Homme began working the soil in 1920. After World War II, when much of France and the world was first exposed to the purported benefits of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that emerged from repurposed arms factories, M. L’Homme challenged the trend and eschewed all chemicals. The estate has been certified organic since 1963, and Patrick Boudon is proud to continue that tradition today.
The Boudon Family - Winemaking since 1920
We first opened a bottle of Sainte Anne Blanc on vacation, and then promptly ran back to the store to buy more. It’s an easy glass of white for enjoying while you cook, or alongside a dish of mussels, with a roast chicken, or a plate of semi-soft cheeses. The Sainte Anne Rouge is a match for classic bistro fare – red meat with some grill marks, aged cheeses, or a confit de canard. This wine is unfined and vegan, so you might also think about hearty grain salads as a pair if you want a meatless match.

where is Domaine Sainte Anne?

Entre Deux Mers is an area in the south-eastern part of Bordeaux that sits between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The Boudon’s farm 27 hectaires, or some 60 acres in the Haut Benauge, which is a little known appellation producing only white wines. The soils in the area are a mix of sand, clay, and a small amount of limestone and are generally considered a classic example of alluvial soils, the geologic term for soil that is fine grained and deposited by rivers over time.
Domaine St. Anne, Bordeaux

Domaine St. Anne, Bordeaux

why might you want a taste? why is Domaine Sainte Anne a Candid Wine?

Only in the past few years have we heard much talk of organically grown Bordeaux in this country. Conventional wisdom has long stated that the regions climate makes organic growing nearly impossible because of the risk of mildew and rot early in the growing season when cool damp weather is so often the norm. Domaine Sainte Anne has been a counter to that argument in their corner of the region for decades, and the health and vibrancy of their fruit makes a compelling case for why more people might follow suit.
Domaine St. Anne

As with all Candid Wines, if the farming weren’t matched by impeccable winemaking, we’d lose interest before the end of our first glass, and it wouldn’t be in our book. In the case of St. Anne, the bright, clean fruit they grow is translated to the glass at a price that is hard to beat, and we are thrilled to have it in our book.

how is the wine made Domaine Sainte Anne?

Sainte Anne Blanc and Rouge are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts. For the white, the Boudon’s goal is to combine the minerality and acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc, the size and roundness of the Semillon and the aromatics of the Muscadelle. This means low temperature fermentations and just 20% of the wine aged in barrel, with the rest in stainless steel. For the red, the grapes macerate for three weeks and are then aged in barrels for eight months on average. Vine age for both wines is an average of 25 years.
St. Anne's Cellar